Analgesics of the Future: The Potential of the Endocannabinoid System

Cannabis has been used throughout history for an array of reasons, including analgesia, psychiatric conditions, and seizures. Some patients may also use cannabis recreationally, more commonly known as marijuana. The US government has traditionally regulated cannabis use closely, perhaps more so than any other plant with medicinal utility. However, over the early part of this century, there has been a push for increased research as the number of cannabis users continues to rise. This growth has resulted in seemingly annual changes in regulation revolving around the use of cannabis in the majority of states.

It is important to consider that marijuana is still classified as a Schedule I controlled substance under federal law. Despite the implications this has on the research of the cannabis plant, great efforts have been made to explore ways that cannabis-based chemicals may be used to treat a variety of diseases, as well as their interactions with

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